Coach’s comment:

Powerchange can make a difference where other more traditional (old psychology) methods may do nothing more than superficially rearrange emotions, or even create further damage.

Often, simply talking about trauma or loss brings emotional hurt back to mind with the pain making it even more difficult to move forward. This was N’s experience. At Powerchange we improve the WAY a client thinks, usually by showing them how their brain works and then providing a process they can use to regain control of their thinking. Our approach is based around Auto-Response Psychology.

Although human thinking operates quietly and efficiently most of the time, just like an immune system it misbehaves, causing it’s owner significant pain and difficulty. N learnt how to bring her ‘psychological immune system’ back into her control.

NB. The ‘Throne Room’ refers to a simple exercise we use to empower. Needless to say it is the way our coaches use these carefully crafted exercises and their associated meaning to the client that makes them so effective.

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How ‘N’ went from Self-harm to self-respect

N, a bright university female student in her 20s, was put in touch with Powerchange by a counsellor who described her situation as “too difficult for me”. She booked two two-hour appointments.

N’s email to Andrew Sercombe really speaks for itself. It has been reproduced with her full permission. Her name and location have been withheld for privacy.

To Andrew, 

I would like to cancel our appointment that we arranged. To be honest, I feel so much better and I don’t feel as though I need another session with you at this time.  I feel a lot calmer about everything since our telephone conversation which I found helpful as you reminded me of what we did in the session.

I have made changes and decisions and am seeing myself and my life in a more positive light. Since our session I have realised that I have a future, I deserve a future (what with being a 10!) and can see that future as a result. As a result of my new outlook I have decided to move to [town] as I mentioned. I am also making different life choices – I have not self-harmed since our session and am eating – after all I am a 10 and the future ‘me’ says to look after me so that is what I am doing. I have also let people in, a while ago [name] told me how she felt about me and I made some rubbish excuse that I didn’t want to ruin our friendship when, truth be told, I was scared to let her in. But guess what – since our session I have been clearer about what I want, and I realise that I want her, so we are now moving things forward. 

As for the throne-room analogy, I’m going back to sit on my ‘throne’ – been spending time in there and re-decorating – it’s a very special place to be. 

Thank you for you time and support – I will never forget it!

All the best


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